400 Years Later—Pocahontas and John Rolfe Wed Again
Considering many onlookers claimed to be direct descendants of Pocahontas, and a number of little girls were dressed in Halloween-style regalia, and the fact that some say Pocahontas married for love, Pamunkey tribal member Ashley Atkins says that though the reenactment was respectful, the outcome may be more romantic than ideal.
“I thought there was too little of the Indian dialogue,” Atkins said. “The word savage was used a lot. It is period so you want to use words and nomenclature of the period, but at the same time, you want to have a counter to that. I would have loved to see more back play.”
When asked if she thought Pocahontas married for love, Atkins said she couldn’t be sure.
“I wouldn’t doubt that there was affections there… you can’t deny that there was political play on both sides of the fence,” she said. “The fact that a Pamunkey person is playing Pocahontas is a good step toward reclaiming her image and her legacy.”
When Pocahontas herself, portrayed by Pamunkey tribal member Wendy Taylor was asked what she thought of the day, she replied as the daughter of a chief might.
“I’d like to thank everybody for their support it means a lot. I’d also like to thank my tribe and my family.”
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